Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you’re hoping to travel a lot and you’re looking for a flexible job to help you cover the most ground, you might be in for a long commute!

Amava Take: If stamping that passport appeals to you, why not consider being a flight attendant? You’ll have stopovers in many of the places you might want to visit, you’ll have unmatchable travel perks and you’ll make some money while you’re up in the clouds. If you are safety-first type and you like interacting with customers, this could be the flexible job for you! Before you know it, you could be leaving on a jet plane!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Personable, competent people who genuinely care about passenger safety and comfort.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Spend time talking with someone who is your senior. You will learn many practical tips.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

You get on first and get off last, but flight times and destinations are what governs your schedule.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Making sure that people get where they need to go safely.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Any time there’s a sick passenger or some kind of altercation a flight can be stressful.

Where’s the most unexpectedly cool place you’ve been on-the-job?

This might sound strange, but I love Portland Airport (PDX). Never sad to land there.

Special Requirements: Other than a high school diploma or GED, the only things you really need to become a junior flight attendant are a fantastic attitude, neat appearance and good health. After about a year of junior status you can get promoted to senior flight attendant, which gives you more scheduling flexibility. If you work for an airline based somewhere other than the country in which you live, you may need to speak the primary language of that country (i.e. Lufthansa, Hallo!). Most airlines have 4-6 week training programs that you complete after landing an offer.

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Finding a Position: One way to find a flight attendant position is to go directly to airline websites and look at career pages for opportunities. Some airlines have recruitment events. There is a website devoted to flight attendant jobs, which keeps an updated list of which airlines are hiring.